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Ivy and Bean (Book 6): Ivy and Bean Doomed to Dance by [Barrows, Annie]
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Grade 2–3—Second-graders Ivy and Bean return to their mischievous ways as they beg their parents for ballet lessons. They get what they want, but class isn't exactly what they expected. Instead of the "kicking" and sword they saw in a picture of the ballet Giselle, they are disappointed to be learning positions, pliés, and how to be butterflies. When they are cast as squids in their first recital, they come up with several ideas for how to get out of performing without breaking their promise not to drop out of class. The story is solidly written, and the expressive black-and-white illustrations, some full page, add to the humor. Early chapter-book readers will appreciate and relate to the friends' dilemma.—Sarah Polace, Cuyahoga County Public Library, Parma, OH
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Friends Ivy and Bean are opposites, but in this installment of the series, they agree on one thing. They want to take ballet lessons. Their parents, having been through their enthusiasms before, insist the girls must not quit and must not complain. This is easier said than done when, after the girls realize ballet is not all spins and tutus, they are cast as friendly squid in the underwater-themed recital. Another pleasing adventure, engagingly illustrated and fun for new readers. Grades 2-4. --Ilene Cooper

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  • File Size: 12842 KB
  • Print Length: 141 pages
  • Publisher: Chronicle Books LLC (July 1, 2010)
  • Publication Date: July 1, 2010
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0035D9UGY
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #102,099 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Format: Hardcover
I love books that combine laugh-out-loud moments with the ah-ah moment "that could really happen to me!" Ivy and Bean is one of my favorite series for 1st - 3rd graders - I love these two friends who are so goofy and full of mischief, and yet remind me of all the things I almost did!

Don't we all know kids who have begged, and I mean begged, for something? A puppy? a new toy? a glittering pair of shoes? Well, Ivy and Bean have seen amazing pictures of ballet dancers and they're sure that it's the perfect thing for them. Giselle kicks her pointed toe so fiercely toward the duke that she's surely going to snap his head off. And the Wilis get to dance with these cool long flowing finger nails, as they dance the duke to death! What kid wouldn't want to do that?! So Ivy and Bean beg, and beg, and beg with wobbly lower lips to take ballet class. They promise that it will be different than ice skating or softball. And they promise: no quitting. And NO complaining. But that's before they know ... how ballet classes really are. Especially when you get assigned the roles of the squid in the final performance.

If your child has fun with this series, they'll enjoy this latest book. It's a great series to read aloud to kindergartners or 1st graders, or for 2nd & 3rd graders to read by themselves.
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All of the Ivy and Bean books are awesome - unlike anything else out there. I read my 4 year old daughter the series and we were both very entertained. If your girl likes bugs and dirt and creepy things and mischief and everything not princess then these books are for you!
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My daughter does not love to read, but once she discovered these books, she fell in love! It's not a struggle to get her to read anymore. And she often times doesn't want to stop reading once her 30 minutes of required reading is up.
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We got the first Ivy and Bean book when she was 10, and she has loved them all. She wasn't a big reader before, but this series helped her get interested in reading. Now she has read them all. She loves to read them on Kindle.
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Normally, I don't review children's books, but I've made an exception (yes, they do happen). I remember buying a set of Ivy + Bean books for The Girl from Diary of an Eccentric because one of the books had to do with dinosaur fossils and I had read on someone's blog (not sure who) that these books were fantastic. The Girl, suffice to say, loved them and told me all about the straws up the nose and other little tidbits from her books.

Ivy and Bean are typical second-grade girls who are willing to try just about anything, and they sometimes find themselves getting into trouble or at least over their heads. In Ivy & Bean: Doomed to Dance (Ivy & Bean, Book 6), the girls read a book about ballet and decide that they should take ballet, so they can become ballerinas in Giselle. The only problem is that ballet is not as fun or easy as it seems.

While Ivy and Bean get into trouble -- and what kid doesn't? -- they always manage to find the positive in their situation or make amends. Some of the funniest scenes in this book are when Ivy and Bean try to get sick on purpose, having other kids cough and sneeze all over them. Young readers will laugh out loud at the antics of these young girls, and parents will enjoy these books because of the lessons they teach about responsibility and imagination. Ivy & Bean: Doomed to Dance (Ivy & Bean, Book 6) is a fun read at nearly 130 pages, and these characters will worm their way into kids hearts easily.
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Our 10 year-old daughter has loved Ivy and Bean for years, and was thrilled to begin reading them to her little sister. They both enjoyed the first few books. As this particular one (book 6) was not in her collection, we got the kindle version and she decided to preview it before reading it to her sister. She was absolutely horrified at the violence and the description of suicide in the first chapter as the girls are reading the ballet "Giselle." She declared it "completely inappropriate" for young children, and she went to bed worried that she would have nightmares.
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daughter read the whole thing so thats good, its serves as a good lesson to not let your kids get involved with too many activities as it is expensive and exhausting to kids and parents and ulitmately does not add much...
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First, some context for my review: My 7-year-old daughter in first grade LOVES Ivy + Bean, and she devours each book in a single sitting. I like that this series encourages her to read independently. I, however, am not too fond of the misbehavior depicted in the series, but I am reading the books so that I can remind my daughter, when necessary, "This makes for a good story, but you KNOW you can't do that in real life, right?"

I was so pleased to find that, unlike some other books in this series, this book did not include any mean-spirited behavior at all! Even when safety was disregarded, the book stayed within my comfort zone.

In this book, Ivy and Bean are convinced that they will love ballet, and they beg their parents for lessons. Not surprisingly, they hate it. Fortunately, their parents had the foresight to allow them to take lessons only under one condition: The girls can not quit. Moreover, they must participate in the recital.

To the girls' disappointment, the recital has an underwater theme, and they are cast as squids. Seriously, who wants to be a squid!? I don't blame the girls for wanting to find a way out of having to perform in the recital. They come up with some crazy ideas, and settle on running away.

Once again, the author makes reference to something in real life - in this case, the book "From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs Basil E. Frankweiler" (I had to Google the connection) - and I had to wonder why the book was not mentioned by name. ("Bound to be Bad" references St. Francis of Assisi, but not by name, and "What's the Big Idea" mentions "Lisa Something" in the story, but doesn't identify the person as Lise Meitner until the appendix.
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